Radiation therapy for cervical cancer
We combine two types of highly targeted radiation treatments with chemotherapy to treat advanced-stage cervical cancer.
Our radiation oncologists deliver high radiation doses to cancerous cells in the cervix, while sparing healthy tissue. By focusing the radiation directly on the tumor, these therapies are designed to reduce the risk of common gastrointestinal and sexual function side effects associated with radiation therapy for cervical cancer.
We offer two types of radiation treatment for patients with cervical cancer:
- External beam radiation therapy (EBRT): Delivers high doses of radiation to cervical cancer cells from outside the body, using a variety of machine-based technologies.
- High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy (internal radiation): Delivers high doses of radiation from implants placed close to, or inside, the tumor(s) in the cervix.
Typically, patients receive six weeks of EBRT, four to six HDR brachytherapy treatments and weekly chemotherapy treatment.